Quotation by Woman's Party

Having achieved political liberty for women this organization pledges itself to make an end to the subjection of women in all its remaining forms. Among our tasks we emphasize these:
1. To remove all barriers of law or custom or regulation which prevent women from holding public office—the highest as well as the lowest—from entering into and succeeding in any profession, from going into or getting on in any business, from practicing any trade of joining the union of her trade.
2. So to remake the marriage laws and so to modify public opinion that the status of the woman whose chosen work is homemaking shall no longer be that of the dependent entitled to her board and keep in return for her services, but that of a full partner.
3. To rid the country of all laws which deny women access to scientific information concerning the limitation of families.
4. To re-write the laws of divorce, of inheritance, of the guardianship of children, and the laws for the regulation of sexual morality and disease, on a basis of equality, equal rights, equal responsibilities, equal standards.
5. To legitimatize [sic] all children.
6. To establish a liberal endowment of motherhood.
Woman's Party. "Alice Paul's Convention," The Liberator (April 1921). As quoted in On Women and Revolution, part 1, by Crystal Eastman (1978).

Paul (1885-1977), formerly a leading suffragist, was founder of the feminist Woman's Party. Women had won suffrage in 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution took effect. Attempting to articulate new feminist goals, this "minority resolution" was introduced, and buried, at the 1921 Convention in Washington, DC. Interestingly, of the six recommendations, only numbers one, three, and four have been implemented.
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